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Abiding in Grace

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A deep and abiding sense of God's grace toward us will lead to far more work in our life than any human determination.

Psalm 103:12 describes the guilt-free condition of the children of God. In order for the Father to work with us we have to be placed in a guilt free environment. If we are not placed in such an environment, God will continually be responding to our sins. In other words, we will be punished all day long. In such an environment it will be difficult to grow: we will only learn fear, and terror. Instead, “. . . as far as the East is from the West, so far He has removed our transgressions from us.” This describes in very poetic terms the environment of grace and compassion. Such is the air we breathe.

We are in a better place than being in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve's failure determined their fate. In the Garden of Grace, it is not our sins but the kindness and compassion of God that determines our fate. We are safely loved in that environment.

Often times, Jesus used the metaphor of a tree to describe how the spiritual life should work. He said a good tree will bring forth good fruit. In John 15, He described His Father as a vine-dresser. God has planted us in the ground of His grace and grafted us into the life of His Son. Our response is not to become workaholics but grace-aholics. A deep and abiding sense of being loved will lead to far more work on our part than any human determination.

 

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